ElectronicsWeekly reports prices of NAND and DRAM flash memory spiked today due to the devastating earthquake in Japan. Prices of some NAND flash memory capacities spiked over 17 percent due to a brief disruption at Toshiba, while DRAM prices went up around 6 percent across all categories.
The spot price of NAND flash has risen sharply – with 32Gbit devices up 17.36% and 16Gb devices up 17% - according to DRAMeXchange. The 64Gb price went up 9.36% and the 8Gbit went up 5.23%.
The reason was the ‘brief interruption’ which Toshiba said occurred in its NAND production complex at Yokkaichi, following the earthquake.
The milliseconds of interruption before Christmas resulted in a 20% reduction in NAND output over the subsequent two months.